Scaling and Root Planing


Scaling and Root Planing is a safe and effective procedure commonly performed for patients who have developed early onset or advanced gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammatory condition of the gums and bone that is caused by bacteria attacking the tissues around your teeth. Because symptoms appear gradually, many patients are not aware they have developed gum disease, and the issue is not identified unless by a periodontist during a regular cleaning or periodontal maintenance exam.

Early indications of gum disease include gums that bleed while flossing, gums that have begun to recede, swollen or bright red gums, and/or halitosis. Indications that gum disease has advanced to a more severe stage include teeth that have become loosened or fallen out and the deterioration of the jawbone. In addition to damaging the overall functionality of your teeth and diminishing the aesthetic appearance of your smile, studies indicate that gum disease may also play a role in systemic inflammation, which puts you at an increased risk of developing serious health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and/or dementia.

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Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

Patients who have a scaling and root planing procedure performed will benefit in the following ways:

  • Reverses or Reduces Risk of Gum Disease
  • Protects Teeth and Reduces Risk of Jawbone Deterioration
  • Corrects Bad Breath
  • Strengthens and Stabilizes Gums
  • Teeth Sensitivity Decreases
  • Decreases Risk of Additional Gum Recession
  • Improved Appearance of Your Smile Restore Self-confidence

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

An initial consultation and general examination will be necessary to determine if scaling and root planing is the right treatment option for you. During this visit, we will review your health history, discuss your oral health concerns and goals, and examine your teeth, gums, and cheeks to determine your overall health and identify any underlying issues. Following this examination, we will explain available treatment options and answer any questions you have.

If it is determined that scaling and root planing is necessary, the scaling and root planing procedure will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation if necessary. Next, tartar and plaque that have accumulated above and below your gum line are removed (scaling), after which the roots of your teeth are smoothed out (planing), which makes it difficult for bacteria to develop, and helps your gums reattach to your teeth.

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Aftercare Following Scaling and Root Planing

Following a scaling and root planing procedure, it will not be necessary to follow any special aftercare instructions or modify your oral health routine, however, it is important to take consistent good care of your oral health to avoid needing similar treatments in the future, especially if this procedure was performed because of improper or insufficient self-care. Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice daily (at a minimum) for at least two minutes each time. Also, remember to brush your tongue and cheeks, as well as behind the lower and upper front teeth.

Flossing at least once a day and being mindful of the type of foods and beverages you consume are also important steps to maintaining good oral health and preserving the integrity of your implants. Finally, continuing to schedule regular checkups every three months (Rotating between us and your General Dentist) is the most important step you can take to maintain your oral health and identify and correct issues before they develop into something more significant. By following these best practices, you will significantly reduce your risk of developing gum disease and continue to enjoy good oral health!

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Cost of Scaling and Root Planing

The cost of scaling and root planing is contingent on a variety of factors, including the severity of your case, whether additional procedures are required, whether dental sedation is used, and your dental insurance plan frequency limitations, etc. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we are committed to helping you maximize your insurance reimbursement so you can receive optimal care, which is why we will file your claim and handle your paperwork. Please be aware, though, that any remaining balance following coverage is your responsibility to cover. Though not required, we do offer a discount for patients who pay their bill in full (cash, check, or credit) prior to treatment.

Before scheduling your appointment, we will provide an estimated total cost and answer any questions you have concerning payment plan options, such as Care Credit which offer interest-free payment plans for six-to-twelve-month periods and/or a payment arrangement made in advance with our office.

For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.

Schedule Your Appointment

At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, your oral health is our number one goal. We are committed to providing you with the comprehensive periodontal support you need to continue enjoying a bright, healthy smile. To learn more or schedule an appointment for scaling and root planing, contact our office at (702) 270-4600. We look forward to providing you with quality care tailored to your unique needs!